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The United Kingdom of Quark Unit

“Greatness through innovation, power through intellect”

Category: Civil Rights Lovefest
Civil Rights:
Superb
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Superb

Regional Influence: Nipper

Location: Balder

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Quark Unit

Population1.975 billion

CapitalJiben Lizi
LeaderLiang Proton

Currencycredit
Animaleagle

The United Kingdom of Quark Unit is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Liang Proton with a fair hand, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, vat-grown people, and irreverence towards religion. The hard-nosed, hard-working, democratic population of 1.975 billion Quarks hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Education, Industry, and Administration. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Jiben Lizi. The average income tax rate is 58.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Quark economy, worth 360 trillion credits a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Tourism, Arms Manufacturing, and Book Publishing. Average income is an impressive 182,418 credits, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.6 times as much as the poorest.

Battlefield gains are quickly lost when enemies don't respect a time-out, the Quark Unit Enquirer offers weekly cash prizes for 'most blasphemous song, story, or cartoon', school lockers are filled with fancy underwear, and tourists call Quark beach towns "the fine coastline". Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Quark Unit's national animal is the eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Quark Unit is ranked 136,897th in the world and 3,266th in Balder for Most Stationary, with 32.7816109642 Days.

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5%
Rudest Citizens: 2,426thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,058thMost Efficient Economies: 6,048thLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 6,440thSmartest Citizens: 7,061stLargest Information Technology Sector: 7,236thLargest Retail Industry: 7,434thLargest Publishing Industry: 7,558thMost Developed: 7,677thHighest Poor Incomes: 7,732ndHighest Average Incomes: 8,119thMost Inclusive: 8,559thMost Cultured: 9,101stLargest Manufacturing Sector: 9,602ndTop
10%
Most Subsidized Industry: 12,319thMost Secular: 12,431stHighest Drug Use: 12,531stHighest Disposable Incomes: 12,640thLargest Governments: 13,034thLargest Insurance Industry: 13,434thLargest Agricultural Sector: 13,631stLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 14,191stLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 14,743rdLowest Crime Rates: 16,496thSafest: 18,038thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 18,778thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 18,847thLongest Average Lifespans: 19,979thMost Advanced Public Education: 20,623rd
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Rudest Citizens: 100th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 163rd in the regionHighest Drug Use: 178th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 265th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 306th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 332nd in the regionLargest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 343rd in the regionMost Developed: 359th in the regionLargest Retail Industry: 366th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 366th in the regionTop
10%
Highest Poor Incomes: 375th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 383rd in the regionMost Inclusive: 427th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 452nd in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 479th in the regionMost Cultured: 481st in the regionLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 566th in the regionMost Secular: 578th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 582nd in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 589th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 628th in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 711th in the regionLargest Governments: 737th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Quark Unit, tourists call Quark beach towns "the fine coastline".
  • : Following new legislation in Quark Unit, school lockers are filled with fancy underwear.
  • : Following new legislation in Quark Unit, the Quark Unit Enquirer offers weekly cash prizes for 'most blasphemous song, story, or cartoon'.
  • : Following new legislation in Quark Unit, battlefield gains are quickly lost when enemies don't respect a time-out.
  • : Following new legislation in Quark Unit, politicians tend to speak more loudly and slowly these days.
  • : Quark Unit's influence in Balder rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Quark Unit's influence in Balder rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Following new legislation in Quark Unit, there is something rotten in the state of Quark Unit.
  • : Following new legislation in Quark Unit, confessions don't count if suffixed with "izzle".
  • : Quark Unit's influence in Balder rose from "Unproven" to "Hatchling".

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